Former mayor Warren speaks in support of new legislative districts map

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A heated debate continues in the Monroe County legislature over the creation of new county legislative districts.

A familiar face weighed in during last night’s meeting. Former mayor Lovely Warren spoke before the legislature in support of the new map.

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Supporters say it would create five majority black voting districts. Opponents say it unfairly packs minorities, specifically black voters, into districts that already have a long history of electing Black and Latino officials.

Here’s what former mayor Warren had to say: “What are we arguing about? There are 29 districts. We are arguing about five black districts. I never thought I’d see the day that Democrats are arguing harder than Republicans about five strong black districts that could potentially allow a person of color to be elected in that district.”

Warren pleaded guilty to a campaign finance charge last October. As part of that plea deal, she resigned as mayor.